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Sysco Promotes Three to New Positions

HOUSTON - Sysco Corp. here today reported the following executive promotions, effective Jan. 1, 2005: Kenneth F. Spitler was named executive vice president and president of North American foodservice operations; Larry G. Pulliam was appointed executive vice president, merchandising services; and Kenneth J. Carrig becomes executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

Richard J. Schnieders, Sysco's chairman and chief executive officer, observed, "These appointments further position Sysco for continued growth and success. All three individuals have a track record of achievement, knowledge and results and their efforts will continue to allow Sysco to remain North America's leading foodservice supplier."

Spitler, 55, began his Sysco career in 1986 and has held a variety of executive positions for the company over the last 18 years including president and chief executive officer of the company's Detroit and Houston subsidiaries. In 2000 he was named senior vice president of operations, Northeast region, with responsibility for 14 Sysco companies in eight states.

Spitler relocated to Sysco's corporate office in Houston in 2002 when he was promoted to executive vice president, redistribution and foodservice operations with responsibility for Sysco's broadline operations nationwide and for managing the company's efforts at developing redistribution centers. Spitler was promoted to his current position of executive vice president, foodservice operations in January, 2003.

Spitler was born in Baton Rouge, La., and raised in Houston. He is a 1971 graduate of the University of Tulsa, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. Spitler and his wife, Nancy, have two children and reside in Houston.

Pulliam, 49, is a 30-year foodservice veteran, the last 17 of which have been at Sysco. He first joined Sysco in 1987 at its corporate office and progressed to a variety of management positions before being named vice president of operations for Sysco's Los Angeles operation in 1991. Pulliam transferred to the Baltimore subsidiary in 1995 to serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer before returning to Sysco's corporate office in 1997 as vice president and chief information officer.

In 2000 he became president and chief executive officer of Sysco's Houston operating company, a position he held until 2002 when he returned to the corporate office to serve in his current role as senior vice president of merchandising. Pulliam currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for both EFS Network and Capital Bank.

Pulliam was born in Grapevine, Texas, and raised in Keller, Texas. He and his wife, Cynthia, have a son and a daughter and reside in Houston.

Carrig, 47, has served as senior vice president of administration since January 1999, with responsibility for the areas of human resources, employee benefits, industry relations, diversity, legal, management development, and safety & claims administration. Carrig joined Sysco in May 1998 as vice president and chief administrative officer. Prior to joining Sysco, he served for 20 years in general management and administrative positions in various industries, including head of human resources for Continental Airlines Inc. from 1995 to 1997. In November 2004 he was installed in the class of Fellows by the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), in recognition for his sustained contributions to the broad field of human resources.

Carrig, a native of upstate New York, earned a bachelor of science degree in labor economics from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1981. He and his wife, Lisa, have a son and two daughters and reside in The Woodlands, Texas.

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